She is 23 years old, lives in Minneapolis and works for a non profit. She is very responsible and takes care of business.
She had her bike stolen last October and now that it is spring wanted a new one.
Her criteria, after much thought and questions from me came down to needing a commuter bike with touring capabilities.
She looked at the used bike scene and did not find what she needed in her size/fit.
She shopped at many LBS's and found she really would need to spend $1200.00 for a bike.
Once she new she had to bite that bullet she again went to the market again seeking a bike that would fit her needs and her body.
A Surly Crosscheck did not ride well for her. She went back to REI and bought this: http://www.rei.com/product/807242/no...rita-bike-2012
I think it was a good choice considering her budget and she can always replace it should it not suit her need.
She did it on her own, after identifying her needs and did not run out and buy the first bike she saw.